MWM: Sustainability, and do you want to come on Woman's Hour?
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Question of the Month:
This month the questions are coming first – read them, even if you don’t read the rest of the blog. I want to hear your answers. Here are my three questions: 
1)    What sustains you?
2)    In what way does MWM sustain you? And how could it sustain you better?
3)    How could MWM, as a movement, itself become more sustainable?

We would really love to hear your answers - you can send us an email (, write us a postcard (Mothers Who Make c/o Improbable, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA), or answer us on social media (Twitter @MothersWhoMake or on Facebook here) - you can even use #SustainingMWM

Sustainability: it’s a new word invented for our times – first used in the 1970s because so much of what we were and are doing isn’t it, so we needed to start being able to talk about it. The roots of the word are of course much older: sustinere, the Latin word, made from sub (up from below) and tenere (to hold). As with many words to sustain carries paradoxical meanings: both to be nourished and supported by something, as in ‘the food sustained us’ and to endure something, to suffer it, as in ‘she sustained an injury.’ It can refer therefore to the thing that both upholds you, and the thing that drags you down, the thing that keeps you going and the thing that nearly stops you but you manage to keep on anyway. Sounds like motherhood to me. Sounds like making. Sounds like caring for children and sounds like trying to make some art. I am interested in this paradox, this doubleness, how something can be both a challenge and an ally, a drain and a support, because somewhere in the midst of this alchemical contradiction I think the golden goal of ‘sustainability’ is probably to be found. 

Do you want to come on Woman's Hour?!

Mothers Who Make have been invited onto a live slot on Woman’s Hour for a programme within the next 3 weeks (date tbc) - woohoo! Matilda will be going, but the BBC want two other mothers/ makers from the MWM movement They want diversity - different mothering experiences, different making ones, and stories as to how your mothering might have had a positive or surprising impact on your creative work. So this is our grand call out to all Mother Makers across the UK! If you have a story that you would like to share- about your mothering, your making, and/or how Mothers Who Make has supported you – and you would like to join us on Woman’s Hour to talk about it, please get in touch. Only two people can go on the programme but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to hear and gather your stories for our website too. Please email: by Monday 6th August.

Send us your images!

And lastly a reminder that we need images of YOU. We are building our website and we want you on it. If you have an image you would be willing to share with us (we will credit you) of yourself mothering or making or, preferably doing both at once, please send it in. High Res. images please if we are going to be able to use them. Please send these to by 6th August!
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